Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Crochet: Cobblestone Cowl

I've recently made these and I absolutely love it! It was so easy to make and can easily finished it within a day but I took longer as I do have a life ya (Work and Pokemon Go got in the way LOL!)! I also love using bulky yarns as it's so easy to yarn over! I've made 3 of these for my sis-in-laws and niece-in-law so I could probably make another one for my own collection :-)






Pattern from www.allaboutami.com.

What I've used:
  • Lion Brand Yarns Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Monday, 17 June 2019

Phuket 2019: Phuket Town

Lately, we travelled to Phuket more often as it's affordable and it's near the beach! So I would not post the usual day to day as it's basically Banzaan Market, Jungceylon, Bangla Street and Patong beach, nothing out of the ordinary. This time around, we definitely did not have an itinerary and we just 'play by ear', depending on our mood. However, the ultimate new experience was taking a bus to Phuket Town! We have not done that before nor visited the town so this was a first for us and it was awesome!

We did scout around first for a transport to Phuket Town but lo and behold, taxi's wanted to charge us 500 - 600 Baht! After asking around, a nice chap told us to take the public bus from Patong beach and it will stop at Phuket Town, it's last destination. We found the mini bus terminal and there was a bus waiting so we just hopped on! No air-con, open air with windows down but the breeze was cooling, not stuffy nor humid. It was an exciting experience for us travelling like the locals and the fare was only 50 Baht per pax! So much difference comparing to the taxi!!!  It was definitely a pleasant one hour journey too.

So here are some snippets of the places we have visited at Phuket Town. The star is The Old Phuket Coffee Cafe! It's just a 5 mins walk from where we got down, thankfully as it was so hot that day! I honestly liked the decor of this cafe, so retro filled with so many vintage antiques!





After our cooling drinks, we walked around the vicinity, checking out the quaint locals. I had Pad Thai as I was suddenly hungry LOL! Too much walking I guess.........
Came across this old school clinic!
Huge straw hats!!!
A book cafe........
A wall art......
This is the winner! First time seeing such washing machine with coin insert! In Malaysia, we have many self service laundry using heavy duty machines but I've not seen such washing machines with coin inserts LOL!!! I was so jakun lah!

After walking around much, we decided to head back to Patong as it was getting late. It was already in the evening so we just hitched a bus back, easy peasy. These bus drivers will also shout 'Patong' so you definitely won't missed it. We will definitely explore the town more on our next trip back to Phuket :-)

Friday, 14 June 2019

CSM: MDDB Adoption Drive

MDDB ADOPTION DRIVE
DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 16
VENUE: THE SQUARE, JAYA 1, JALAN 13/6, PETALING JAYA
TIME: 12.00PM TO 6.00PM
THESE PUPPIES WILL ALL BE THERE TO SEEK THEIR FOREVER HOMES.
For more info, please check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter/

Thursday, 13 June 2019

MPOV: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 6.7/10
Released: May 29, 2019
Director: Michael Dougherty
Casts: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Zhang Ziyi, Charles Dance, Kyle Chandler
Category: P-13

Paleobiologist Emma Russell works for crypto-zoological organization Monarch, tracking down and studying Titans, gigantic creatures that once dominated the Earth. She and her daughter Madison witness the birth of a giant larva dubbed Mothra. Emma calms Mothra down with a device, the "Orca", which is capable of emitting frequencies that can attract or alter Titan behavior. A group of eco-terrorists, led by Alan Jonah, attacks and kidnaps both Emma and Madison. Mothra manages to escape and cocoon herself. Monarch scientists Dr. IshirĊ Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham approach Mark Russell, Emma's ex-husband and Madison's father, to track them down. Mark is reluctant, due to his hatred for Godzilla after his son Andrew was killed during the 2014 attack on San Francisco.

They follow Godzilla to Antarctica where Jonah intends to free a Titan encased in ice codenamed "Monster Zero". Emma frees and awakens Monster Zero, who kills several Monarch members, including Dr. Graham, before engaging Godzilla in a fight. The Monarch team realizes that Emma was not kidnapped by the terrorists; she was working with them. Emma argues that the Titans will cull humanity and return the planet to its untainted state; all to avenge Andrew. Jonah and Emma awaken Rodan, in a volcano in Mexico. Monarch lures Rodan into fighting the approaching Monster Zero, but it swiftly defeats Rodan before being ambushed by Godzilla, who severs one of its heads. The Navy launches an "Oxygen Destroyer" missile, seemingly killing Godzilla. Monster Zero survives, regrows its head, and awakens other dormant Titans around the world, with Rodan submitting to its rule and causing Madison to disown her mother.

Through mythological texts, Dr. Ilene Chen discovers that Monster Zero is Ghidorah, an ancient alien seeking to terraform the planet now that its primary rival Godzilla is disposed of. Mothra emerges from her cocoon and flies to Monarch's Bermuda facility to communicate with Godzilla, who had survived the detonation and is recuperating in an ancient underwater city. Monarch decides to revive Godzilla so as to contest Ghidorah's influence over the other Titans. Traveling via submarine, Monarch locates Godzilla's undersea lair, where the whole area around him is highly radioactive. They deduce it will take years for Godzilla to absorb enough radiation to fully heal on his own. Monarch decides to detonate a nuclear weapon to speed up his healing process. Dr. Serizawa sacrifices himself by manually detonating the weapon, which revives Godzilla and increases his power.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This is absolutely an amazing and entertaining movie! I've totally enjoyed the overall movie plot and pace. Some might find it a bore but it does require each other to move on. I only find that the ending a little off with how they saved the civilians and how Maddie could just disappear without anyone realising. I guess by then they omitted to look into the details as the main plot was the legendary fighting scenes.

This time around, there are many close-ups of the monsters especially Godzilla. He definitely looked regal and majestic with his awesome nuclear powers! My favourite Tyranitar from Pokemon Go sure looks like him LOL!!! Anyway, CGI was tip top and everything blend in nicely!

Do stay until the end if you are not in a rush as there is a post credit scene which will lead to a sequel. Not sure if this is it but Godzilla vs Kong is scheduled to be released in March 2020.

Monday, 10 June 2019

MPOV: Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.75/5

Originally published: Sept 1, 2015
Author: Zen Cho
Genre: Young adult, magical realism, fantasy

Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

The above taken from Goodreads.

Finally, some interesting plots towards the end like when Mrs. Midsomer turns out to be a mermaid, a familiar of Mr. Midsomer passing off as his wife. I was able to finish reading this book then! From the beginning, I did find it a bore at some point when I just couldn't connect with the main characters i.e. Zacharias and Prunella. Their journey, their adventure seemed irksome to me until a plot twist towards the end too. I guess everything comes to live towards the end in this book.

Perhaps it's the prose, the way it was written in a very British Britain feels that got me off. I've read other novels from Zen Cho before and they were really good! So I wouldn't have thought this would be different. Maybe it being a Young Adult novel is not my cup of tea. I've always had issues reading YA novels so this could be the reason too.

That ending though... I had expected both to hit it off in the end but not in such a crude way! Zacharias truly isn't a lady's man though he did his fare share to save his maiden poorly. Prunella proved to be the stronger one, aside from her chatter self, I do like her character in the end. All in all, it's rather an entertaining book with a too slow at the start and too fast at the end pace. This is a good enough book 1 of a trilogy which I do hope the remaining 2 fare better. I'm not sure if I'll go for the others but never say never! When the time comes, I could devour all of it! LOL!

Some notable quotes:
“Are you going? What shall you wear?"
"I shall go in what I am standing in," said Mak Genggang. "A witch is always appropriate whatever her attire.” 
“It is a mother's duty to teach her daughters about the uses of blood, particularly a magical daughter.” 

Thursday, 30 May 2019

MPOV: Aladdin

My rating: 4/5
IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Released: May 22, 2019
Director: Guy Ritchie
Casts: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari
Type: PG-13

A man with his wife and two children are sailing around the world. The children watch a much bigger and more lavish ship pass by. After the man hears them comment on how much better their ship is, he decides to tell them the story of Aladdin and how bigger isn’t always better.

Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a kind-hearted young street rat living in the desert kingdom of Agrabah, along with his pet monkey Abu, rescues and befriends Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), who has snuck out of the palace, growing tired of her sheltered life. She hides her true identity, allowing Aladdin to believe that she is the princess's handmaiden. However, Jasmine rushes home after seeing Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen) has come to court the princess and asks Aladdin to give back her bracelet that he used as collateral to rescue her earlier (which was formerly her mother’s bracelet). However, Abu stole the bracelet back from Aladdin, so Aladdin is unable to give it back to her. Jasmine angrily tells Aladdin that he is a thief and that she was naive to think he was her friend.

Meanwhile, the Grand Vizier Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) grows tired of being "second best". He and his parrot Iago (Alan Tudyk) thus seek a magic lamp hidden within the Cave of Wonders to become Sultan. Only one person is worthy to enter: "the diamond in the rough", whom Jafar later identifies as Aladdin. Later, Aladdin returns Jasmine's bracelet and the palace guards capture him on Jafar's orders. Jafar, after telling Aladdin that he can make him rich enough to impress Jasmine, revealing her true identity to him, has him retrieve the lamp. Inside the cave, Aladdin finds a magic carpet and obtains the lamp. Defying Aladdin's instruction to touch nothing but the lamp, Abu grabs a ruby. Aladdin, Abu, and the carpet rush to escape the cave as it collapses. Aladdin gives the lamp to Jafar, but Jafar throws them back into the cave, but not before Abu steals the lamp back.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This movie is definitely comparable to the previous animated movie of the same name. It's so realistic with the right pacing though at times a little off, not as engaging but overall a fantastic movie.

I've thoroughly enjoyed Mena Massoud's interpretation of Aladdin and he's definitely cute too with that dimple! I'm surprised with Naomi Scott's vocal ability!!! She sings so damn well with much gusto and that range coming from someone petite! The rest of the casts reprised their roles well especially Will Smith as the eccentric Genie who is the 'life' of this movie! Without him, I think Aladdin would be a damper and dull.

I've always loved musicals and this movie is no exception. I was thoroughly entertained from the start and I've enjoyed the songs especially that magic carpet moment... a whole new world... those beautiful monumental moments *goosebumps*

Friday, 17 May 2019

Celebrating 10 Years - A Charity Bazaar by Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better

Come 19th May, if you have nothing on, why not do a good deed by attending this charity bazaar at Jaya One. Organised by Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better to celebrate their 10th year anniversary, there are many furry activities for both humans and dogs alike!

For more details, you can check out their event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/614023809102064/

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Crochet: Flower bookmark or brooch

I've recently embarked on a bookmark craze! At first, it was some mouse bookmarks and now some flower ones!!! It actually was a suggestion from a loyal student, Carol, who wanted to learn to make one. And then Mother's Day came, so was sis' birthday, so I've made them one each!

Flower pattern was from https://www.petalstopicots.com/ and I've added my own take of the tassel. Easy peasy!
Flower themed
Flower bookmark with tassel for sis
Flower brooch for mom

What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns (mixed colour)

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